David Morgan

David Morgan

Professor of Religious Studies

External Address: 
Department of Religious Studies, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
(919) 660-3555


David Morgan is Professor of Religious Studies with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke. He chaired the Department of Religious Studies from 2013 to 2019. Morgan received the Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has published several books and dozens of essays on the history of religious visual culture, on art history and critical theory, and on religion and media. Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment, was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. The Forge of Vision: A Visual History of Modern Christianity, based on the 2012 Cadbury Lectures delivered at the University of Birmingham, UK, appeared in 2015 from the University of California Press. Previous books include The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling (California, 2012), The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America (Routledge, 2007) and two that he edited and contributed to: Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief (Routledge, 2010) and Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture (Routledge, 2008). Earlier works: The Sacred Gaze (California, 2005), Protestants and Pictures (Oxford, 1999), and Visual Piety (University of California Press, 1998). Morgan is co-founder and co-editor of the international scholarly journal, Material Religion, and co-editor of a book series entitled "Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion," published by Bloomsbury, London. He is currently at work on a new book under contract with the University of North Carolina Press, entitled "The Thing about Religion: An Introduction to Studying the Materiality of Belief."

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1990

  • M.A., University of Arizona 1984

  • B.A., Concordia College 1980

Selected Grants

Material Religion: State of the Art awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2015

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Research & Travel Grant awarded by Stichting Porticus, Amsterdam (2004 to 2005)

NEH Humanities Fellowship awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (2001 to 2002)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and Humanities awarded by J. Paul Getty (1996 to 1997)

Pew Postdoctoral Fellowship in Religion and American History awarded by Yale University (1994 to 1995)

Morgan, D. L. “Focus Groups.” Encyclopedia of Social Measurement, 2004, pp. 51–57. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B0-12-369398-5/00039-6. Full Text

Meyer, Pierre-François, et al. “Hypothesis: cerebrospinal fluid protein markers suggest a pathway toward symptomatic resilience to AD pathology..” Alzheimer’S & Dementia : The Journal of the Alzheimer’S Association, vol. 15, no. 9, Sept. 2019, pp. 1160–71. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2019.05.007. Full Text

Simpkins, S. J., et al. “Poor predictive value of lower gastrointestinal alarm features in the diagnosis of colorectal cancer in 1981 patients in secondary care..” Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, vol. 45, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 91–99. Epmc, doi:10.1111/apt.13846. Full Text

Hunt, Richard H., et al. “Recommendations for the appropriate use of anti-inflammatory drugs in the era of the coxibs: defining the role of gastroprotective agents..” Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology = Journal Canadien De Gastroenterologie, vol. 16, no. 4, Apr. 2002, pp. 231–40. Epmc, doi:10.1155/2002/516092. Full Text

Morgan, D. “Arthrotec: the evidence speaks for itself..” Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology. Supplement, vol. 109, Jan. 1999, pp. 13–18. Epmc, doi:10.1080/030097499750042380. Full Text

Tennenbaum, T., et al. “Topical retinoic acid reduces skin papilloma formation but resistant papillomas are at high risk for malignant conversion..” Cancer Research, vol. 58, no. 7, Apr. 1998, pp. 1435–43.

Azzoli, C. G., et al. “Cooperation of p53 loss of function and v-Ha-ras in transformation of mouse keratinocyte cell lines..” Molecular Carcinogenesis, vol. 21, no. 1, Jan. 1998, pp. 50–61. Epmc, doi:10.1002/(sici)1098-2744(199801)21:1<50::aid-mc7>3.0.co;2-t. Full Text

Lichti, U., et al. “In vivo regulation of murine hair growth: insights from grafting defined cell populations onto nude mice..” The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, vol. 101, no. 1 Suppl, July 1993, pp. 124S-129S. Epmc, doi:10.1111/1523-1747.ep12363165. Full Text

Weinberg, W. C., et al. “Reconstitution of hair follicle development in vivo: determination of follicle formation, hair growth, and hair quality by dermal cells..” The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, vol. 100, no. 3, Mar. 1993, pp. 229–36. Epmc, doi:10.1111/1523-1747.ep12468971. Full Text

Hennings, H., et al. “Critical aspects of initiation, promotion, and progression in multistage epidermal carcinogenesis..” Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (New York, N.Y.), vol. 202, no. 1, Jan. 1993, pp. 1–8. Epmc, doi:10.3181/00379727-202-43511a. Full Text

Yuspa, S. H., et al. “Cultivation and characterization of cells derived from mouse skin papillomas induced by an initiation-promotion protocol..” Carcinogenesis, vol. 7, no. 6, June 1986, pp. 949–58. Epmc, doi:10.1093/carcin/7.6.949. Full Text